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How to Make a Terpene Scented Candle

Making a terpene-scented candle involves infusing the candle wax with terpenes, which are aromatic compounds found in various plants, including cannabis, pine, lavender, and citrus fruits. Here's a general guideline on how to make a terpene-scented candle:

Materials Needed:

  1. Candle wax (such as soy wax or beeswax)

  2. Candle wicks

  3. Terpenes (You can purchase cannabis-derived terpenes or terpene blends from specialized suppliers.)

  4. Candle container or mold

  5. Candle dye (optional, for coloring)

  6. Heat-resistant container for melting wax (e.g., double boiler or a heatproof glass measuring cup)

  7. Stirring utensil (e.g., wooden stick or spoon)

  8. Thermometer

  9. Fragrance oil (optional, for enhancing the scent)


  1. Prepare Your Workspace: Set up your workspace with all the necessary materials and ensure proper ventilation as you'll be working with fragrant oils.

  2. Prepare the Candle Container or Mold: If you're using a container, place the wick in the center. If you're using a mold, secure the wick in place.

  3. Melt the Wax: Using a double boiler or a heatproof container in a water bath, melt the candle wax. Use a thermometer to monitor the wax temperature. Different waxes have different melting points, so follow the specific instructions for your chosen wax.

  4. Add Terpenes: Once the wax has melted and reached the desired temperature (typically around 170-180°F or 76-82°C), add the desired amount of terpenes. Start with a small amount and gradually increase until you achieve the desired scent strength. Stir the mixture thoroughly to ensure the terpenes are evenly distributed.

  5. Optional: Add Fragrance Oil: If you want to enhance the scent or create a more complex aroma, you can add fragrance oil at this stage. Be mindful of the fragrance oil's compatibility with terpenes and ensure they complement each other.

  6. Add Candle Dye (Optional): If you want to color your candle, add a small amount of candle dye to the melted wax and stir until evenly dispersed. Remember that some dyes may affect the burning characteristics of the candle, so use them sparingly.

  7. Pour the Wax: Carefully pour the scented wax into the prepared container or mold. Leave some space at the top if you're using a container to avoid overflow when the candle burns.

  8. Let the Candle Cool and Set: Allow the candle to cool and set completely. This may take several hours, depending on the size of the candle and the ambient temperature.

  9. Trim the Wick: Once the candle has fully cooled and set, trim the wick to about ¼ inch (0.6 cm) above the surface of the wax.

  10. Enjoy Your Terpene-Scented Candle: Your candle is now ready to be lit and enjoyed! When burning your candle, ensure it's placed on a heat-resistant surface away from drafts and flammable objects.

Remember to follow safety precautions when working with hot wax and open flames, and always store your candles in a cool, dry place away from direct sunlight to preserve their scent and quality.


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